England and Croatia will be facing off in a major competition for the second time- England won 4-2 in a group stage match at Euro 2004.
They have met seven times in all competitions: England have won four times, Croatia twice, with one draw.
Croatia last secured a win against England in 2007 at Wembley in a game that ended 3-2 to deny England a place in Euro 2008
Croatia’s last victory against England was the infamous “Wally with the Brolly” match which Croatia won 3-2 at Wembley in November 2007 to end England’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008.
Coincidentally six of the seven games have been played on Wednesday.
Croatia are playing in their second World Cup semi-final after a last four appearance on their debut in the tournament in 1998, this is England’s third World Cup semi-final following their 2-1 win over Portugal in 1966 and their penalty shootout defeat to West Germany in 1990.
They reached the semi-finals via a penalty shootout victory in the last 16 against Denmark and the quarter-final against Russia. The only other team to win two shootouts in a single World Cup were Argentina in 1990 (against Yugoslavia and Italy).
Their only defeat in six World Cup knockout matches was against France in the 1998 semi-final. That was Croatia’s only defeat in eight World Cup matches against European opposition (W5, D2), while the Three Lions have lost their last three semi-finals at major tournaments (Euro 96 v Germany, 1990 World Cup v West Germany and Euro 68 v Yugoslavia).
The Croats have had eight different scorers at this World Cup; only Belgium with nine have had more.
Harry Kane is the World Cup’s top scorer with six goals. At the previous nine World Cups, only Ronaldo (eight for Brazil in 2002) has scored more. No European player has scored seven goals at a single World Cup since Poland’s Grzegorz Lato got seven in 1974, while no European player has scored eight since Gerd Muller hit 10 for West Germany in 1970.